This blog post is not meant to replace medical advice.
However, do research the medical advice you are given when it comes to pesticides.
Back in September my older son kept asking to play at a local indoor park that he loved going to. We had been super busy packing boxes since the house was for sale but I finally made time to take him and the baby. Well, we got more than we bargained for when they came home with lice and I didn't know for a couple weeks! I started feeling something crawling on my head and my son had been scratching with both hands at once so I knew we had a problem. First thing we did was treat everyone with Nix. That was mistake number one. Mistake number two? Continuing to use Nix products because they don't work and when they do work they make one shed lice all over the place. Yuck! So after five excruciating months trying to get rid of the infestation we have finally succeeded! I want to share below what finally worked for us on removing this awful super lice.
Items you will need:
- A dimethicone treatment product. Depending on where you live the product will have a different brand name but this is available on amazon under the name KaPow! as well as available at Lice Clinics of America. Use this every day or every other day for 2 hours to suffocate the lice as they hatch. Nits are very difficult to find!
- Mixed Chicks Gloss and Shining Hair Silk - This styling product contains three silicone ingredients which kill lice as well. That may not be their intention but you can grab this product in a pinch and use on your head all day. The ingredients are cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and dimethicone.
- Blue Dawn Dish Soap or any highly concentrated dish soap good at removing oil. You'll be using this to wash the oil out of your hair.
- Clarifying Shampoo - This will help you feel cleaner and remove some residue off your hair. I use the Fairy Tales Lifeguard one since it smells great!
- Terminator Nit Comb. This comb has 4 stripes on it. Do not get the generic version with 3 stripes because it doesn't work that well. Also stay away from the plastic nit combs. Be sure to sanitize the comb by boiling it in water for 5-10 minutes between treatments and people. You may want to buy a couple of them.
- Detangling spray conditioner. You'll want help pulling the nit comb through and a spray conditioner helps a lot to break through hair stuck with lice "glue." I used Cantu Care for kids and SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Kids together on my son's heads.
You can stop treatment once you stop finding Nits and live Lice in hair or scalp after 2 weeks. Some great advice I was given by the Super Lice Lady here in Roseville, CA was to carry a Terminator Nit comb with your luggage when ever you travel. One never knows when or where one will catch lice. You can even get them from a public swimming pool since chlorine doesn't kill these bugs.
Another lice technician told me I could stop treatment after using dimethicone oil for 10 days but unless you have pulled out 100% of the live nits this won't work. The nits are so small that there is no way to know if its an empty casing or a live nit so pull them all out.